Neighbors are organizing support groups, and the prime minister - a trained firefighter volunteer - secretly served a firefighting shift, as the worst fires in 50 years approach Sydney's suburbs.
The second such incident in less than a week comes on the heels of an announcement that Australia won't accept new boat arrivals.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced Friday that all refugees arriving by boat will be sent to Papua New Guinea – a hardline stance he hopes will win votes.
Bloody waters before summer has even started may sound like a drag on tourism, but it's a mere drop in the sea for Australia.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard took a spill today on a visit to India, a country that Canberra is working hard to win over.
Five Australian soldiers were killed in Afghanistan yesterday and today, including three apparently murdered by Afghan Police forces.